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Old 09-23-2022, 05:33 AM
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Default The workshop task I hate more than any other

and nothing else comes close.

Loading sheets of sandpaper in my 3M rubber sanding blocks. You know the ones, they have three spikes on each side.

I have a half dozen or more and I get irked even thinking about changing the sheets out. I have tried loading up five or six before starting on a stock and I have tried changing them as needed and I still hate it with a red hot passion.

I’ve bought forty eleven others, but none suited me. I use detail sanding blocks from Rockler that you just pinch the sheets to and I’m fine with them and some other odds and ends, but for expanses of butt stock or foreend sanding and wide curves nothing suits me but the old 3M rubber blocks. Sanding sponges are good to a point, but not for the final smoothing out. I use them, but only to a point. They leave sanding waves and ripples in the grain that the solid rubber blocks don’t.

I think that if I had a rubber block with the Velcro type of sticky on the face and up around the ends that might be the ticket. My Bosch palm sander uses them and I think highly of them.

I really like those 3M blocks, I get hours of pleasure using them, but loading the damnable things makes me want to spit.

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Old 09-23-2022, 02:21 PM
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how many times have you pulled the rubber back just a little too far and it breaks off
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Old 09-23-2022, 04:18 PM
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A few times. Normally it is a fight to get the sheets tight to the block w/o them hanging up on the spikes that hold it.

I have tried the plastic blocks and the sponge they put on them is way too soft and leaves waves and even if they didn't, the hollow plastic does not transmit the feel the way the rubber does.

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Old 09-24-2022, 09:08 AM
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how many times have you pulled the rubber back just a little too far and it breaks off
I have had one of those for 30 years, and it has never happened, nor is it a big deal to load the block with new sandpaper
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Old 09-24-2022, 06:52 PM
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I have had a couple of the red ones I have had since the 1960’s break.

I know! Nobody else seems to have the issue I have loading them. I really would not ever want to be without them, but it is a fight every time for me to get sheets in them.

I suppose I can keep that in mind when others are struggling with something that I just do without even thinking about it. It’s not that I have not had a lot of opportunities to practice.
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